Japan

I am honoured and very excited to have a piece accepted into the Ima-kara Mame-sara 2016 metalworks and crafts exhibition in Japan.  I will have a piece in the Japan Enamel Artists Association exhibition too, also this month.  image

Into the summer

I don’t know where the beginning of the year has disappeared to, it seems to have absolutely flown past.  I have been busy experimenting with the New Mokume Gane techniques and thinking of creating a new range of jewellery.

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Woodland, New Mokume Gane pendant

Last weekend I was at the Guild of Enamellers annual conference which this year was held in Leicester.  It is always fantastic to spend a weekend with such a creative group of people.  I have had some lovely classes teaching ring making; enamelling and jewellery making using art clay silver.   I have done a little bit of enamelling in the round, one of my own personal challenges; creating some new enamelled silver beads.   These will be available to purchase during North Yorkshire Open Studios in June as well as other new work including enamelled wall panels and jewellery.IMG_2823IMG_3413

If you are interested in learning to enamel then please contact me to arrange a date.  It is a fantastic thing to learn and very addictive.  I will be adding more classes to my website throughout the summer but also arrange them on a one-to-one basis on dates to suit – just let me know what dates would suit you?

I still have one or two available dates for couples who wish to make each other wedding rings but as weekends book up quite quickly I would advise you get in touch to discuss this as soon as possible, if you are considering this.  It does add an extra special touch to you wedding preparations.  Here are Liz and Tom at the end of their day.  Their wedding rings are both on a mandrel in front of them but have since been sent off to the assay office and hallmarked ready for their wedding day.

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Planning new classes for 2014

I really enjoy this time of year. Not only can I look forward to Christmas but the busy period is behind me, any galleries I supply need their new stock around mid-October. The garden and the moorland around my studio still have quite a lot of vivid autumn colour at the moment and my favourite Japanese flowering cherry is coming into flower, although it’s only just dropped this year’s leaves. It has done this some previous years and I love that it flowers over such an extended period.

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I have spent some time last week emptying my display cabinets, partly because I was having a popup shop in Whitby last Thursday evening. It gave me the opportunity to review my work and make a few decisions about directions for next year.

20131203-074705.jpg This is one of my display cases from Thursday evening in Beckett’s Coffee Shop. I have always been inspired by plants and find leaves and flowers often appear in my work.

20131203-074959.jpg I have reorganised my display so that all the plant based designs are now together. These include some pieces of crochet in wire, some cloisonné enamels and some of the pieces pierced from silver sheet inspired by my year as artist in residence at Whitby Museum.

20131203-075748.jpg These two pendants are all that remain of a collection of floral cloisonné enamels I made many years ago and I intend to do more of this in 2014, including teaching cloisonné enamelling techniques on a regular basis throughout the year. I am looking forward to building up a new collection before the autumn in time for an exhibition by members of the Guild of Enamellers at the Pannett Art Gallery next October.

Enamelling has been my passion for many years and I haven’t quite got over being awarded honorary membership of the Guild at the conference last April, which I think must have been one of the highlights of 2013 for me.

20131203-080804.jpg Here I am being presented with my certificate by the then Chair Jane Ball. I have also had three rings included in the ‘Heart of the Heat’ exhibition of enamelling in Birmingham and two enamelled beads selected for the book 1000 Beads due to be published next May by Lark Books (one of which will be on the cover). The emphasis of classes for 2014 will be very much on enamelling including enamelling on copper; enamelling on silver and on art clay silver and enamelling ‘in the round’ or onto curved surfaces.

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I will also be teaching classes in New Mokume Gane.

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If you are interested in taking a class just send me a message using the comments box (I won’t publish it). Let me know what it is you are interested in learning. I look forward to hearing from you …

Earthy beads

Today I have been working on new beads for a necklace. They are all earthy, swirls of opaque glass in a grey-brown.

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Here they are in the kiln and the annealing schedule has begun. They will be fully annealed overnight and then need to be cleaned (reamed) before being threaded together to make a necklace. It is my intention to make an enamelled focal bead to go with these and I am hoping to finish it before North Yorkshire Open Studios in June.

The road from Egton to Glaisdale is going to be closed near Beggars Bridge for three weeks during the period of Open Studios. To get to Glaisdale you will have to approach via Lealholm or Rosedale. This affects anyone intending to visit – but it will be worth the trip to see my wonderful new studio and buy something from my new ranges of work.

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There will be a wide variety of work for sale including new enamelled panels; new silver cored glass charm beads and new silver jewellery including a variety of pendants and rings. I will be taking bookings for classes in metal clay, art clay silver, enamelling and traditional silver jewellery making.
For more information on classes see my website or email me to book a place.

New classes, new dates for 2012

I am pleased to be able to announce some more dates and classes for the summer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make your own unique piece of jewellery or to learn something about the fascinating craft of enamelling. Enamel is a form of glass and used very finely ground to apply colours and patterns to the surface of metal before firing it at temperatures around 800 degrees centigrade in a small electric kiln. I teach enamelling at introductory and more advanced levels and on either copper or on silver, including on silver clay. Other dates are available by arrangement, please email me with your requirements and preferred dates.

Saturday 5th May 2012 Enamelling £140
Wednesday 9th May 2012 Enamelling on art clay silver £140
Thursday 10th May 2012 Enamelling £140

Saturday 12th May – Make a Keepsake Pendant at the Castle Museum, York (book via Castle Museum)
Monday 28th May 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145
Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June 2012 Colour and metal clay £540 (or £140 for individual days) Four days designing and making colourful jewellery including adding patina, coloured pencil, resin and an introduction to enamel
Saturday 2nd June 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145 (places still available)

Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 I will be taking part in North Yorkshire Open Studios. I will also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

Friday 22nd June 2012 Enamelling on silver at Artison, Masham book direct with Artison

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**Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2012 Special Two Day Enamelling workshop with Guest Tutor Tilly Wilkinson, teaching Images into Enamel £150 per person for the weekend course – See separate post for more information. This is the first weekend of the Guild of Enamellers Exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.
**Limited places available – advanced booking essential**

Saturday 14th July 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Saturday 21st July 2012 Embellish silver beads with enamel £170
Learn how to add wire patterns to the surface of silver beads and then add enamel, firing them in the electric kiln – to make your own special focal beads. (Handmade lamp-work glass beads will be available to purchase on the day to complete your own special necklace).

Plique a jour enamel in art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £340
Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July 2012, a two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make silver earrings, learning the basic principles of design for plique a jour enamel and firing and finishing them ready for the second day. On day two you will learn to prepare the enamel and to apply it, firing and gradually building up the cells until they are filled. You will then give the pieces a final finish and add the findings ready to wear. The course includes small amounts of three enamel colours, enough to complete the project.

Saturday 11th August 2012 Make silver rings (traditional ring making) £170
Sunday 12th August 2012 Introduction to enamelling on silver £170
Saturday 18th August 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Saturday 8th September 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

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Cloisonné enamel on art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £350
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2012, a two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make a silver pendant, learning about design for enamel.
On the second day you will prepare and apply wire patterns followed by thin layers of enamel, firing each layer in turn. You will then learn methods for finishing the piece to a high standard. The course includes small amounts of enamel, enough to complete the project.

Glass and art clay silver combination beads with Lynne Glazzard £360
Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2012 – two day workshop. On the first day you will learn to apply a variety of art clay silver products to the surface of glass beads before firing and annealing them in the kiln. On day two you will make some art clay silver beads to complement the glass beads before finishing them all to a high standard. Some glass beads are included in the course fee but not the art clay silver. A detailed materials list will be supplied in advance but you will need approximately 20g Art Clay 650; 10g Syringe type, Art Clay Silver Overlay paste

Terms and conditions 50% deposit required to confirm a place, balance payable by cheque or cash 7 days prior to the first day of the class.

7 days notice of cancellation of a booking is required so that we can resell the workshop place.
In the event of cancellation more than 7 days before the class the deposit can be carried over to another mutually convenient date.
Cancellation by the student less than 7 days prior to a workshop will result in forfeit of your deposit and course fee
Each class has a maximum number of places available and a minimum number before it can run. If we have to cancel a workshop we will give as much notice as possible and a place will be offered for an alternative workshop at a future date. Refunds will be given in the event of tutor illness or insufficient numbers booked for a workshop.
We reserve the rights to vary these terms and conditions at any time.

The studio is based in the beautiful village of Glaisdale approximately 12 miles from Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors.

May is Enamelling month

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During the month of May some members of the Guild of Enamellers will be running classes and workshops. Many of these will be suitable for beginners – now is your time to try this absorbing craft!

For details of my classes go to my website or email

New Class dates for 2012

Wednesday 25th April 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £125
Friday 27th April 2012 Silver clay ring making £140
Monday 30th April 2012 Hollow beads in metal clay £140

Saturday 5th May 2012 Enamelling £140
Wednesday 9th May 2012 Enamelling on art clay silver £140
Thursday 10th May 2012 Enamelling £140

Saturday 12th May – Keepsake Pendant at the Castle Museum, York (book via Castle Museum)

Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June 2012 Colour and metal clay £540 (or £140 for individual days) Four days designing and making colourful jewellery including adding patina, coloured pencil, resin and an introduction to enamel
Saturday 2nd June 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145
Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 I will be taking part in North Yorkshire Open Studios. I will also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

Friday 22nd June 2012 Enamelling on silver at Artison, Masham book direct with Artison

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**Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2012 Special Two Day Enamelling workshop with Guest Tutor Tilly Wilkinson, teaching Images into Enamel £150 per person for the weekend course – See separate post for more information. This is the first weekend of the Guild of Enamellers Exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.
**Limited places available – advanced booking essential**

Saturday 21st July 2012 Embellish silver beads with enamel £170
Learn how to add wire patterns to the surface of silver beads and then add enamel, firing them in the electric kiln – to make your own special focal beads. (Handmade lamp-work glass beads will be available to purchase on the day to complete your own special necklace).

Plique a jour enamel in art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £340
Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July 2012, a two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make silver earrings, learning the basic principles of design for plique a jour enamel and firing and finishing them ready for the second day. On day two you will learn to prepare the enamel and to apply it, firing and gradually building up the cells until they are filled. You will then give the pieces a final finish and add the findings ready to wear. The course includes small amounts of three enamel colours, enough to complete the project.

Saturday 11th August 2012 Make silver rings (traditional ring making) £170
Sunday 12th August 2012 Introduction to enamelling on silver £170

Saturday 8th September 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Cloisonne enamel on art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £350
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2012, a two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make a silver pendant, learning about design for enamel.
On the second day you will prepare and apply wire patterns followed by thin layers of enamel, firing each layer in turn. You will then learn methods for finishing the piece to a high standard. The course includes small amounts of enamel, enough to complete the project.

Glass and art clay silver combination beads with Lynne Glazzard £360
Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2012 – two day workshop. On the first day you will learn to apply a variety of art clay silver products to the surface of glass beads before firing and annealing them in the kiln. On day two you will make some art clay silver beads to complement the glass beads before finishing them all to a high standard. Some glass beads are included in the course fee but not the art clay silver. A detailed materials list will be supplied in advance but you will need approximately 20g Art Clay 650; 10g Syringe type, Art Clay Silver Overlay paste

Other dates by arrangement. Booking essential


Art Clay Level 1 and Level 2 certification – These are four day courses following the syllabus set by the Aida Corporation (manufacturers of Art Clay Silver) at Level 1 seven projects are made over the four day period, including rings, earrings, pendants and a brooch. The course fee includes the materials to make the seven projects and the use of tools and equipment. The projects are assessed and if completed successfully an application for the certificate will be made to the Art Clay UK Guild. If any of the projects are unsuccessful then arrangements can be made to ‘remake’ them at additional cost to the student. Prices are dependant upon the projects selected and dates are available by arrangement

Terms and conditions 50% deposit required to confirm a place, balance payable by cheque or cash 7 days prior to the first day of the class.

7 days notice of cancellation of a booking is required so that we can resell the workshop place.
In the event of cancellation more than 7 days before the class the deposit can be carried over to another mutually convenient date.
Cancellation by the student less than 7 days prior to a workshop will result in forfeit of your deposit and course fee
Each class has a maximum number of places available and a minimum number before it can run. If we have to cancel a workshop we will give as much notice as possible and a place will be offered for an alternative workshop at a future date. Refunds will be given in the event of tutor illness or insufficient numbers booked for a workshop.
We reserve the rights to vary these terms and conditions at any time.

The studio is based in the beautiful village of Glaisdale approximately 12 miles from Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors.